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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

A focus rail + stacking software will help you achieve deeper depth of field. However, if you don't have a focus rail (or time to set one up), try to pick an optimal angle to capture as much of your ...
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700D live view depth of field not accurate

The camera usually keeps the aperture open as wide as possible while framing the shot. It is only closed to the setting you dialed in when the picture is being taken. This allows for a brighter ...
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Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple macro depths?

Sure. There's something called a light field camera, or plenoptic camera. It captures a much lower resolution than a normal camera, but it also captures additional information that allows it to be ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

While this is a rare instance of need, it's a shame there isn't a photographic equivalent of the red field with white diagonal stripe "diver down" flag, or the more internationally-...
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Turning my DSLR camera & macro lens into a microscope for endodontic treatment

what shall i do please to have high magnification inside pulp canals with high magnification more than 25x Buy a suitable microscope. No DSLR lens will provide the level of magnification you need, ...
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Canon EOS 800D vs 80D | Which one is better for macro photography?

Macro photography is all about the skill of the photographer, lenses, and lighting - in that order. Only after the former have been considered should the differences between two APS-C cameras from ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

Scootbb has a great answer, but I would suggest that you have some custom shirts, hoodies or jackets made for her with wording on the back. Bonus points for you if you give them to her as a gift. On ...
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Are mirrors viable as replacement for light sources?

Since you plan to take macro shots, a folded piece of paper just outside the frame might be a huge, soft light source compared to the object in the picture. Here's an example: And the resulting shot: ...
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Are mirrors viable as replacement for light sources?

Mirrors are going to make the light more of a point-source, as it's 'twice' as far away, therefore more parallel. You'd also have to be quite precise in their placement. It would probably be cheaper, ...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a "portrait" lens?

Macro and portrait lenses are generally designed to do two different things that require different design characteristics. Macro lenses are designed to focus at very close distances and they typically ...
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Why can't my dSLR take close-up photos?

You are just too close to your subject. Cell phone cameras and "Point and Shoot" cameras can take photos from very close distances. DSLR cameras can not. It is actually the lens that determines how ...
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Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple macro depths?

A lens only focuses on one plane. For normal cameras / lenses the plane is parallel to the film/sensor, so only objects at a particular distance from the lens will be in perfect focus, though things ...
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Canon EOS 800D vs 80D | Which one is better for macro photography?

Macro and close-up photography require having the correct lenses. Upgrading the body won't do much good. If you don't already have suitable lenses, the money would be better spent getting one. ...
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Why we can't use telephoto lens for macro objects?

There is no direct relationship between Telephoto focal lengths and Macro capability. There are some fixed focal length prime lenses that fall into the Telephoto range in terms of focal length and ...
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Why doesn't the focus distance at which my lens has magnification 1 match the formula?

The equation assumes a simple single element lens that is bilaterally symmetrical. The camera lens, to mitigate the 7 major aberrations (shortcomings that degrade) is constructed using several ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

You are seeing chromatic aberration — a prismatic effect which, as you nicely illustrate, reduces sharpness even in black and white photography. A lens which has greater correction for this is ...
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What kind of lens to photograph a 1 mm object?

One cheap option is that you buy a reverse lens adapter. Of course, you need to take care so you do not let dust inside your camera or let the lens get scratched. You can also increase the ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

My practical thoughts: Use a tripod Get up before your models Use a macro slider (for you configuration motorized) The technique I used in the beginning was catching the insects with a glass while ...
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Could holding my camera lenses backwards ("free-lensing") for macro photography cause damage?

Whenever you're freelensing (holding the lens against the camera, rather than securing mounting it), you do run the danger of getting stuff inside the camera body (including stray light), but as long ...
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Turning my DSLR camera & macro lens into a microscope for endodontic treatment

I am understanding several issues here. I am going to separate them and you can choose an option. The blurriness. You are actually now using a 105 mm macro lens. Assuming you know how to use it, and ...
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Low-key photo suggestions for fish?

Ok, let us separate this into 2 parts. I. The inverse square law. In this case is the relationship between your light and your first object (1) versus the light and the background (2). The background, ...
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What techniques can I use to take "macro" photographs with a regular telephoto lens and no adapter?

Pseudo-Macro Photography with a Telephoto Lens Macro photography is one of the all-time favorite pastimes of photographers. The enlargement of the small and microscopic to huge scale, the exploration ...
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Mounting a lens in reverse: strength of the filter thread part?

Lens weight when reverse mounting is rarely an issue. The technique gives the best result with normal or slightly wide angle prime lens. These are not heavy. Mounting a telephoto lens in fact gives ...
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What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

Essentially this is product photography. I doubt bones require special treatment since they are not very specular. The easiest way it to use a light tent over a glass table with a light from below ...
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What does "magnification" mean?

At the most basic level, magnification means the size of an actual object in front of the camera compared to the size of the image of that object as projected by the lens onto the imaging plane. If ...
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Why doesn't the focus distance at which my lens has magnification 1 match the formula?

first of all, kudos on your effort to break a photography problem down to first principles. The discrepancy you've observed stems from a common oversimplification. Your 100mm Lens is actually what ...
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Can I change the camera aperture value on my Honor 8 phone?

Camera phones don't have variable apertures (apart from a handful exceptions) because they are not designed like full sized cameras. Owing to their tiny size, decreasing thickness of phones in general ...
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Macro photo that I cannot repeat

Assumptions I think this is a combination of using digital zoom (or cropping) and flash. I don't own an iPhone SE but a Samsung S8. On a high level they have comparable cameras though. iPhone SE ...
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What is causing this image ghosting on a Nikon 50mm 1.8G?

It looks like movement to me - I can see similar at the opposite side of the flower. As it looks to be in only one plane, I'd be more inclined to think some vibration - maybe even just a footstep of ...
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Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?

making this photo was not as complicated as you write here. Sprayer, reflector plate, backlight in the morning, f 2. Drops of water flew before the flower, but above all behind the flower. That is all....
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